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Dec 10, 2013 1:40am PST
the example of nelson mandela humbled president obama. he always bristles when people compare the two as the first elected black presidents of the countries because as he said so many times, he cannot match the kind of sacrifices that nelson mandela made for his country. >> that's exactly right, george. and he wrote in that forward to mandela's book that it was mandela who awakened him to the outside world. as we said, it was the first political speech that nelson mandela gave as a young college student in california, he was inspired by mandela. it was an anti-apartheid protest. but when mandela died and the president came out to give his statement in the briefing room, he said that he was one of the many millions who had been inspired by nelson mandela to get involved and try in some way to make the world a better place. always resisting the comparison but making it clear that it was mandela in many ways that made it possible for us to have a president obama because it was mandela who inspired obama to get involved in politics in the first place. >> in the remarks that he gave, the f
Dec 6, 2013 1:40am PST
marquardt, abc news, johannesburg. >> alex, thank you. >>> president obama called himself one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela. he ordered flags at the white house and across the country to be lowered to half staff. karen travers has reaction from around the world. ♪ >> reporter: outside of the home where nelson mandela died, they sang in memory and mourning. >> great fighter, strong man. >> reporter: south africa's president delivered the long dreaded news. >> our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost their father. >> reporter: president obama praised the man he called a personal inspiration. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> reporter: that sense of historical loss ranged from royalty. >> extremely sad and tragic news. we are reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man nelson mandela was. >> reporter: to regular people. >> is there a man who has more people aware of what he has contributed? >> reporter:. >> reporter: as
Dec 5, 2013 1:40am PST
high-profile push for better wages. as we mentioned, it's being staged across the country today. >> fast food workers will stage another walkout. they are demanding a $15 hour minimum wage. >> the walkouts come a day after president obama weighed in on the issue. susan saulny has more on the issue from washington. >> reporter: calling income inequality a defining issue of our time, president obama tried to make a case for tackling the growing economic gap between the rich and poor. the president says he will push congress to boost the minimum wage above the current $7.25 an hour. >> we know there are airport workers and fast food workers and nurse assistants and retail sales people who work their tails off and are still living at or barely above poverty. >> reporter: president obama said it was an issue to him as someone who grew up in a sometimes struggling middle-class family. >> there is no evidence that higher minimum wage jobs and raises low wage work area boosts short-term economic growth. >> reporter: the president's comments comes amid rising discontent from the middle a
Dec 4, 2013 1:40am PST
the obama administration is praising the fixes to there are still some americans who have no plans to sign up. 28% o poly te enr 17% of americans are uninsured. >>> immigration adctes the country are going witho on this the largest group of fasters has been camped out on the nationa mall for thpas serena mrom washington. >> reporter: it's been 22 days and their bodies have finally had enough. >> it's my prayer the commitment and the love of those fasters and their fellow human beings will change hearts and minds in our congress. >> reporter: ending their fast for immigration reform, but not before passing the fast off to a new group. >> we end one fast and begin another. we will draw attention to the importance of immigration reform. >> reporter: the fast which first began november 12th, now in the fourth week and capt country, including prest hopes to bring the house esenl ca vote on immigration reform where it hasled >> age ens how desperaon i >> epornew carries on their message, including freshman representative joe kennedy, iii, grandson to bobby kennedy. >> this
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